Larry Glover on Combs: “He did as much as anyone to help build the Big Blue Nation.”

Oscar Combs (Gary Moyers Photo)

Oscar Combs (Gary Moyers Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today on vaughtsviews.com is going to be officially Oscar Combs Day.

The legendary University of Kentucky media personality announced Thursday he was going a “different direction” and would no longer be part of the University of Kentucky Radio Network presume show for basketball or football.

Obviously Kentucky fans took to Twitter to thank Combs for all he’s done for UK sports since founding The Cats’ Pause in 1976. But Combs is just as beloved and respected by media members of all venues and age groups.

So during the day, I am going to share what some media members sent me when I asked them for their thoughts on our friend, Oscar Combs.

Larry Glover, LarryGloverLive: “Oscar changed how programs like Kentucky were covered.  He created an outlet for the diehard fan that wanted wall to wall coverage and through The Cats’ Pause, he forced the traditional outlets to do more and to be better.  He did as much as anyone to help build the Big Blue Nation.

“For those of us in broadcasting, Cawood Ledford was the inspiration.  It’s not a stretch to say that Oscar Combs was the same for the print media folks.

“If UK ever ‘retired’ a jersey for someone not officially involved with UK sports it would be Oscar Combs.”

Next: Jeff Drummond of AllWildcats.com.

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